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Local Book Notes: The Pigman And The Embarrassment Of Youth

1. Book Club With Steven Wolk.

Steven Wolk has taught third through eighth grade. After teaching third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade at The Foundations School, a Chicago public school. He is now Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.


"As a kid growing up in suburban Chicago, Steven Wolk loved the Cubs and hated to read. When he graduated from high school, he could count all of the novels he had read on one finger. Really, one finger. Having 'fake read' his way through school, the one book he really did read was Paul Zindel's young adult classic The Pigman, because it was the only book assigned that was actually about a boy like him. Steve became a passionate reader long after college, when he could bond with books on his own terms rather than according to someone else's program."


The Pigman was made into a movie.


2. Head Off & Split.

"On Wednesday, October 30, poet Nikky Finney, whose powerful poems touch on topics from Hurricane Katrina to Rosa Parks to the career path of Condoleezza Rice, will give a reading of her work at the Poetry Foundation," the foundation has announced.

"A co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, she holds the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Letters and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina.

"She is editor of the anthology The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and the author of a short story collection, Heartwood.

"Finney's fourth collection of poetry, Head Off & Split, won the National Book Award in 2011."

The reading starts at 7 p.m.


Finney's 2011 National Book Award Acceptance Speech.


Girlfriend's Train.




Poetry and the Soul of a Community.


3. The Embarrassment Of Youth.

"HEAVEmedia is excited to bring Permanent Records back to Uncharted Books this month on the 28th. Our last event was a hit, full of readings about high school break-ups, thoughts and musings from the 4th-grade, and backyard wrestling anecdotes.

"Running since December 2012, Permanent Records is a monthly reading night dedicated to the beautiful embarrassment of youth. The format of this series is open; anyone brave enough to dig into the archives of their LiveJournal account can join in.

"Speakers are encouraged to bring blog posts, journals, notes, creative rememberings, old songs, poems and any other sundry items to share with the audience. From funny to touching to cringingly awkward, Permanent Records is all about looking back on those teenage moments that we would rather forget.

"HEAVEmedia features editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer hosts this event at Uncharted Books. Any interested speakers can bring their materials to read that night. No sign-up needed! Speakers and audience members are encourage to arrive at 7, and readings will start at 7:30 pm. The event is free BYOB. Uncharted Books is at 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave.

"More information about the event can be found on the official Facebook event page."


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 15, 2013

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